One of the best parts of the holiday season is being able to express your love to your friends and family. The last few months of the year have a feeling surrounding them that is unlike any other time of the year. It is filled with nostalgia. In fact, this time of year is almost indescribable. You feel warm and loved and full of joy. The holiday season just makes you want to give and share that love and joyful feeling with the people that you care about most. When it comes to children, gifts are pretty easy. You pick out a few new toys they’ll love, and you’re set. For your spouse, the gifting decision is a bit more difficult to navigate. Here are a few creative holiday shopping ideas for your spouse!
Determine a budget together first
Your joint finances is something that the two of you should always be on the same page with. When it comes to holiday spending, you should probably have a discussion about how much you can both be expected to spend before anyone starts shopping. You don’t have to spoil what your holiday gifting plans are, but having a budget you both decide on together will prevent arguments and a stressful financial situation at the start of the new year.
Sometimes the best gifts are the least expensive
You don’t have to blow an entire paycheck on an extravagant gift for your partner in order for it to be a gift that they will appreciate and cherish. In fact, often, the best gifts are ones that take more time and energy to create and make than an expensive gift you go and buy. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Most women don’t want you to buy expensive jewelry for them as a holiday gift. Your money is better spent on something more meaningful. Try making something that is personalized and customized specifically for them, commemorating an event or date that was really important to the two of you.
Experiences over tangible gifts
What if, on Christmas morning, your partner opened up a gift from you, and instead of a new sweater or wireless headphones, it was tickets to go to Rome, a place they had been wanting to visit for years. Or tickets to a broadway show you know they’ve been dying to see. Experiences will create lasting memories for the both of you, that you will carry with you for years and years. A fun and creative idea is to create a scrapbook, filled with prepaid dates for the coming year. Have two pages dedicated to each month of the year, and put movie tickets, dinner reservations, or hotel reservations for a weekend getaway onto the pages of the corresponding months. This is the kind of gift that will literally keep on giving. You’ll have an entire year worth of fun dates and things to do together that are already paid for, and it’s guaranteed to be something that your spouse appreciates.
Go shopping together
If you’ve ever gotten a gift for your spouse out of good intent, but then have it not get used, you know that sometimes the best bet is to take them along to do the shopping! It doesn’t have to ruin the surprise, but maybe the gift can be a promise to go shopping at a later date for the thing that they really want, to ensure that the two of your get the right thing. This can be great for buying clothing items, home decor, and furniture. Picking these things out together can be a really fun experience, but make sure that you know this is something your spouse will appreciate. You don’t want to plan a gift to go get together when your spouse would rather have a surprise. A lot of the gifting process depends on you knowing your partner better than anyone else, and therefore knowing what they would actually appreciate.